In the need to adapt to resume navigation, cruise lines are reinventing their itineraries, creating a dynamic new approach to how and where they sail. Travelers eager to return, in turn, are taking over the cabins, not just for 2021, but well beyond. “Countries around the world have started to open up to vaccinated travelers, which has opened the door for ships looking for new home ports,” says Colleen McDaniel, Cruise revieweditor-in-chief. “The cruise lines tell us the demand is high.”
With the return of cruising this year, expect ship renovations and new beginnings alongside these innovative itineraries. Navigate epic river journeys, explore world affairs with eminent diplomats, dive into the heart of one country – and that’s just the beginning. Here we share our favorite new trips to come to the cruise front.
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Ponant: A Baltic Sea World Affairs Cruise
This navigation on the 184 passengers The Jacques Cartier features global affairs heavyweights who will lead exciting discussions about U.S. relations with the world. Among the esteemed experts are Robin Wright, contributing writer to The New Yorker and former US Ambassador to NATO; former Deputy National Security Advisor Ambassador Douglas Lute; and Jane Holl Lute, special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and former Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security. In Szczecin, Poland, former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Wałęsa comes on board for an exclusive presentation and discussion. This nine-day cruise from Stockholm to Copenhagen includes two full days in St Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the beautifully preserved medieval town of Visby on Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea . Departure July 17, 2021.
Book now: From $ 7,070 per person; us.ponant.com
AmaWaterways: Seven River Journey
Sail seven rivers through 14 European countries on a massive 46-day cruise in the Spring Edition via three ships sailing between Avignon, France, and Giurgiu, Romania; the summer edition sails on four ships between Paris and Giurgiu. Discover the rivers Rhône, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube, Schedlt and Maas (the latter two are Dutch and Belgian). With a dedicated cruise manager overseeing the entire trip, customers seamlessly transfer between ships and locations. Expect experiences and surprises exclusive to Seven River Journey guests only, plus perks like free laundry. Due to limited availability, a fall edition looks promising. The spring edition leaves April 20, 2023, the summer edition, June 1, 2023.